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Unemployment could change soon: How it affects you
Last updated: October 1, 2022
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Unemployment benefits are critical to the millions who are unable to find work during the #Coronavirus pandemic. The latest stimulus bill provides replenishment to pandemic unemployment programs that lawmakers hope will ease the transition back to employment for American workers.

How could unemployment programs change?

An additional $400 weekly benefit

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which is set to expire on March 14th if not renewed, would be extended under the new stimulus bill to offer additional benefits through August 29th.

Previously set to disburse an additional $300 per week to qualified claimants, the amount included could also be boosted to provide $400 per week to claimants if the newest stimulus bill is fully passed.

A longer time-window for extended benefits

Also set to expire on March 14th, PEUC benefits would now be made available to those who qualify through August 29th.

PEUC, a benefit that provides an additional coverage window of unemployment benefits for claimants who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits, would also be boosted to provide 48 weeks of unemployment, doubled from the previous 24-week window.

Continued coverage for the self-employed

For those who wouldn’t normally qualify for unemployment benefits, like the self employed and gig workers, PUA benefits would also be extended through the end of August.

The newest stimulus package has also proposed an extension to PUA which would make the benefit available to claimants for 74 weeks instead of the previous 50 weeks.

Unemployment system improvements

Many who have attempted to claim unemployment benefits have run into issues, whether it be issues with filing, receiving payments, or overcrowded unemployment help-lines.

The newest stimulus bill will be allocating funds to the Department of Labor to try and solve these problems so claimants can get their benefits with reduced waiting times and hassle.

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Do these changes do enough to help unemployed Americans? Share your opinion in the comments.

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Jaime Palmerin

Been stuck in pending for 6 weeks,rent,car bill, insurance,all late,bout to lose car! No payments since 3/20/2021😩😭🙏

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David Leventin

They never gave it to me, because of there out dated online services. They made everyone out to be fraudulently trying to get it. Then they paid out billions to people that fraudulently worked there system. They should fire everyone and start over.

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Angela Barr

I have issues with phone and online when you call the 866 number you can’t do correct numbers or it acts like your dumb and can’t press 9 for no but it will take the one so if you push one they thi think your working but I’m pushing 9!For no . So can’t get through to talk to life person to answer or file your weekly. Very frustrating

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Sheila Franklin

I have Been Approved since December 20/20 and still have not to receive money.

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LaTonya Binns

I haven't got unemployment in about a month or so when I go to sign in for my weekly PUA it tells me I'm not in the system and when I go to what it tells me to go to it tells me that I'm already signed up and that I don't have to do anything else. I don't know what to do so I wait and it's impossible to get in touch on the phone and when I tried to send an email it told me it was the wrong email but I copy and pasted the email the web told me to go to.

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Kevin Dospoy

Michigan's sets you up for failure with ID verification . Mails the instructions out late then your screwed. Haven't been paid for February

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Bokwe Joellobe

Have been unemployed for 8 months, can't feed, cloth or pay my rents and more. It's not been easy

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robert brown

Yeah that's it. Keep giving the FREAKIN LAZY MORE $$$$$$...... They'll never go the hell back to work. It's time the wonderful BIDEN IDIOT WISES THE HELL UP...... This economy's never getting back as long as he's calling the shots.... Hope I never need unemployment there won't be any left...... Cause all the lazy basturds are using everything up. I'll just keep working my 65+ hrs a week since this shit started over a year ago. Long story short GO THE HELL BACK TO WORK...... Its time to get off your couches n go to work milked it out long enough. There jobs all over dont say there isn't. Help wanted signs in almost every window,along side roads,restaurants,fast food all over but you have to get the HELL up n look that's the KEY.......

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Susan Agger

I haven’t received any unemployment benefits since feb 7 2021, am a senior and ssi not covering my expenses.Employers too not eager to hire me at almost 71 either.

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Bill McCoy

Scandinavian nations found that shortenong unemployment benefit length reduced unemployment and increased labor force participation. Low aspiraton people will suck the system for all its worrh. There are over seven million jobs available in the US but parents and schools are not producing qualified graduates to fill them. Colleges fill seats of unmarketable classes such as gender studies while STEM courses, thus STEM jobs, go unfilled.

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